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In his words: Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens

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Former Butler coach will seek to build relationships

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Former Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens was introduced to the media upon accepting the head coaching position with the Boston Celtics on Friday.

He addressed a number of topics:

On being the coach of the Boston Celtics:

“I am absolutely humbled to be sitting in this room and looking around me with the banners that hang. As any young basketball fan was or is, I'm just in awe of the Boston Celtics, the Boston Celtics organization, and all that has been accomplished by the many players, coaches, and anybody else that has worked in this building to help them do what they've done in the past.”

On leaving Butler:

"There have been a lot of emotions over the last couple of days. I love the opportunity and I'm thrilled, but it was hard to leave. I had a great opportunity there.

“It's hard because home is Indy, and Indy has been home to me for the better part of my life. But we're not going to lose any of our passion for Indy or our passion for Butler.”

On how he arrived at this point of his career:

“I'm not one of these guys that think that he is here because of me. I'm here because I fooled a couple of these guys (in the Boston leadership) and because we had great people on our bus (at Butler) all of the way through.”

On getting started with the franchise:

“What I've got to do in the near term is continue studying (he watched film Friday morning). I've got a couple of months to study, which is really good and I've got a couple of people that I'll really lean on.”

On handling point guard Rajon Rondo:

“There is no bigger fan of Rajon Rondo than me. I think the way he plays, his instincts, his ability to make other people better, he sees plays ahead of the play, he is an incredibly, incredibly talented person, and everyone that I've talked to has just raved about how intellectual he is.

“I'm looking forward to meeting him. I talked with him on the phone yesterday. I'm looking forward to sitting down with him and talking ball.”

On interacting with his players:

“I love the relational side of making sure that everybody has a great experience, and this is a really fulfilling experience.

“It's important to me in just in how life goes. I don't want this to be a show up and my door is closed, and I don't have any relationship with the people that I'm working with on a day-to-day basis.

“One of the great things that I'd love to do is have a staff and group of players that love being around each other every day.”

On what kind of coaching staff he'll hire:

“From a staff standpoint, (relationships) will be a big part of the interview process and standing time together. (I'll look for) not only people that really understand things, and have a great feel for the NBA game, but are also great with people, are hard-working, they search for answers, and they are ambitious and inspiring every day.”